Shooot, this show is so much fun! Let’s Fight, Ghost aka Bring It On, Ghost (싸우자 귀신아) kicked off this week, and I’m so glad I caught it – it was a breath of fresh air during some waning doldrums of kdrama.
Who knew how deliciously awesome it would be to watch boys get spooked by ghosts? And an exorcist team up with one to fight postmortem baddies? Talk about a twist; I’m in.
Park Bong Pal (Taecyeon) is a college student who beats up ghosts for cash. Not quite an exorcist with all the rites and hullabaloo, he’s a guy that can see ghosts – and throw a few punches that land on those spirits with unfinished biz.
Kim Hyun Ji (Kim So Hyun) is a ghost who can’t remember how she died or anything about her family. She’s also the ghost that Bong Pal can’t shake off.
Choi Chun Sang (Kang Ki Young from Please Come Back, Mister and King of High School) and Kim In Rang (David Lee of Mirror Of The Witch) are part of a pitifully 2-member club on campus, Ghost Net, which vlogs their ghost-witnessing adventures. They are also in dire need of members and funds.
Episode 1 gives us an intro (and a great cameo from Lee Se Young of SNL Korea, Reply 1988). Kwon Yool (Let’s Eat 2) plays Joo Hye Sung, a vet and university professor.
Although there’s no believability that a lightweight like Kim So Hyun could hold a candle to Taecyeon’s fully-grown-and-ahem-well-built-man-frame in a throwdown, it’s cute. And if ya didn’t know, now ya heard. Can’t hide Taecyeon’s six-feet-one-of-handsome-brawn under some casual threads.
About the cast:
Taecyeon (Assembly), maybe more known as part of 2PM, has progressed from his super green acting days of Cinderella’s Sister, and Dream High (one of my favorites).
Kim So Hyun and David Lee were both in School 2015, Kim So Hyun most recently in the 3-episode drama special Page Turner with Ji Soo.
What bugs me is the age difference in the Taecyeon-Kim So Hyun pairing, and I know I’m not alone.
Character check: Kim Hyun Ji is about 18, Bong Pal, 21.
Reality check: Kim So Hyun’s 17, Taecyeon is 27.
Other ghostly things
Dramas like Oh My Ghostess, The Master’s Sun, and the film Mourning Grave all have ghostly-centered plots. This one is more batty, lighthearted, and awesomely campy as hell. Who Are You, however, is one ghostly drama I’d like to forget – and it also starred Taecyeon.
Ooh, it’s a fresh step in your midsummer kdrama-watching without the usual tropes. Let the kdrama ghost busting begin.
Bring It On, Ghost (싸우자 귀신아). tvN. Mon-Tues. July 11.
Writer: Im In Su (webtoon), Lee Dae Il (National Security)
Director: Park Joon Hwa (Rude Miss Young Ae, Let’s Eat)
Cast: Taecyeon, Kim So Hyun, Kwon Yool, Kang Ki Young, Kim Sang Ho, David Lee, Lee Do Yeon.